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Race for the Iron Throne: Political and Historical Analysis of "A Game of Thrones" (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Attewell

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How would you like to read A Game of Thrones with a PhD by your side?

Steven Attewell, creator of Race for the Iron Throne (, is one of the most insightful scholars in political theory and history, but instead of devoting his talents to academia, he's delving into George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire saga to give the most comprehensive deconstruction – and explanation – yet offered.

Each one of Thrones's 73 chapters is broken down in meticulous detail in four key areas. The Political and Historical Analyses explore the political ramifications that each character's decisions entail while digging into the real-world historical incidents that inspired Martin's narrative twists and turns. What If? offers up a tantalizing look at how these political and historical elements could have played out in dozens of alternative scenarios, underscoring the majesty and complexity of Martin's storytelling. And Book vs. Show looks at the key differences – both good and bad – between the story as originally conceived on the printed page and as realized in HBO's Game of Thrones.

At nearly 204,000 words, it's literally impossible to imagine a more exhaustive or authoritative reading companion for any novel ever before published.

Note: there are spoilers for all five published novels in the Song of Ice and Fire series.


  • Race for the Iron Throne – political, historical, and hypothetical examination of all of A Game of Thrones

  • From the Blue Buddha Archives – extensive samples covering A Clash of Kings and the first season of Game of Thrones

  • Blue Buddha Daibutsu: “Night Falls and Lights Rise” – a never-before-published fantasy short story incorporating magic, the divine, and the meaning of life… and death, written by Remy J. Verhoeve, of Is Winter Coming? and Tower of the Hand fame

  • Blue Buddha Gaiden: “Why Do We Fall, Bruce? To Write Horribly Cheesy Dialogue, Part III” – an exclusive essay examining what the Man of Steel series needs to learn from the Dark Knight trilogy and what DC needs to learn from Marvel, written by Marc N. Kleinhenz, the features editor of Tower of the Hand and author of It Is Known

  • Blue Buddha Sneak Peek – an exclusive sample from the highly anticipated Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring, written by History of Westeros’s Ashaya and Aziz

About the author

Steven Attewell is the author of Race for the Iron Throne, a blog that examines the history and politics of the Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO's Game of Thrones. He has a recent PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied the history of public policy and was a political and union activist. In addition to Race for the Iron Throne, Steven is also a co-podcaster on Game of Thrones at the Lawyers, Guns, and Money podcast, writes about public policy at the Realignment Project, and is a co-author of the upcoming Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring anthology book.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing Companion to Game of Thrones 7. April 2014
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Even before the HBO series, Game of Thrones was already a modern classic of the genre. But what Race for the Iron Throne explores are the political and historical roots of the series. Witty and insightful, this book does not stop at comparing the characters to their historical analogues but also provides cultural context to their decisions and explores how very differently things could have turned out.

I highly recommend this book to fans of Martin's books, the tv series, or simply fans of medieval history.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great political and historical analysis of GOT 8. April 2014
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If you have read all the books, seen all the episodes multiple times, and are counting down to next week's episode then this is the book you need to read.

The GOT universe is rich and complex, and the story lines are so intricate and move so quickly that it's nice to slow down and revisit the series with Attewell's chapter by chapter recaps. Attewell adds an interesting layer and fresh take on GOT with his political, economic, and historical analysis as well as a comparison of the show and the books. The What If sections offer interesting hypotheticals that read like a post-show conversation with your smartest friends.

Overall a fun and interesting book that reads well and brings the best part of the GOT throne into sharper focus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Race for the Iron Throne 8. April 2014
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Despite his unfortunate misspelling of the name "Stephen," Mr. Attewell gives solid literary and historical perspective on both the Song of Ice and Fire, and the companion show "Game of Thrones." As a history geek myself, I especially enjoy the correlation of actual historic characters and events. As a political wonk, I enjoy the way he assesses and compares the various strengths and failings of the characters as political players. The comparison of the book to the show is also spot on and highly enjoyable.

If you enjoy the books or the series, or both, you will find your enjoyment enhanced by this. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Game of Thrones resource 7. April 2014
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This book is an essential guide to the institutional politics and personal motivations that drive the action in the first book of the Game of Thrones series. It is indispensable for unraveling the world-building that informs key character decisions. And if you've ever wondered what historical sources may have been in the background of the story, this guide provides clear and concise explorations of relevant real-world events.

Well-written, insightful, exceptionally detailed, and even quite funny, this is commentary every Game of Thrones fan will want to read, and re-read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A brilliant, extremely useful companion to the novels for hardcore and casual fans alike 8. April 2014
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One of the most powerful aspects of the Song and Ice and Fire series is the way George R.R. Martin uses his detailed knowledge of medieval history and feudal politics to create a credible, lived-in world of real people and political dynamics. Readers of the books who don't share Martin's knowledge of the feudal world benefit from the visceral authenticity of the series, but miss much of subtlety woven into the narrative.

Attewell's brilliant work elucidates the obscure historical parallels in Martin's oeuvre, and highlights the understated political dynamics hinted at behind the narrative. It works as a fantastic companion piece to the novels for new readers and obsessive fans alike.

Hardcore fans will find rereading the novels a much more enriching experience with Attewell's companion piece at their side. Those who have resisted the books as "unserious" fantasy will be pleasantly surprised at the layers of historical and political subtlety that Attewell brings out in Martin's work. And casual fans will find Attewell's clear explanations of the plot dynamics helpful in making sense of the often complicated narrative.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones, this book will be the best six bucks you can spend.
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